Boxy Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted but I assure you that I have been busy sewing and making patterns, I haven’t got enough daylight hours or a willing photographer!

I’m going to show you a top I sewn using pattern instructions I found on Pinterest (again… trust me, you will be inspired by the fashion alone on there!), which are suitable for a beginner. you could alter them to make a dress.

This is the picture and measurements I used and the results of my version.

suzy

I wanted to try this as I’ve been sewing a few fitted garments and I want to try it out to make a black version to work. I think it went well, I’ll try out a woven version too.

relaxed shape

relaxed shape

This material was £1.00 and end of the roll, there was a table full of off cuts… like a butchers! So I couldn’t pass that opportunity.

I drafted the sleeves slightly longer as I wanted that crumpled look, I also like the raised hem at the front as it looks like I cut it that way.

square bingo wings!

square bingo wings!

This is how it looks when I wave my arms about, pretty much like the separate pattern pieces, I like the effect and the flow in the fabric.

I’ll cut a round/crew neck the next time I sew this and of course make a dress version. I resembles the Hemlock Tee, it’s just larger.

I saw a similar picture to the first one on Pinterest which was a crew neck, no matter how much I stared at it I couldn’t figure out how to sew it. Then I found that diagram! Thanks again Pinerest!

Montana

Clutching At Skulls

Posted in Accessories, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Thanks to another Pinterest find (I’ve made 2 skirt patterns this week alone), I made a toile of a clutch about two months ago, heres the mini tutorial.

Make your own clutch

 

My version turned out fine but as it’s made using a flimsy cotton fabric it doesn’t stand too well, so I was thinking about cutting this out in leather and line my clutch with it. Let me know what you think!

I used this fabric for a One Hour Skirt I made much earlier in the year.

Clutch, one piece

This is the shape before sewing

I really like this fabric, it’s in your face but when making simple shapes it looks cute.

Clutch, opened

I interfaced it to give it a bit more body

I haven't added any tabs or buttons yet

I haven’t added any tabs or buttons yet

This was made for practice but I really like how it’s turned out, so I want to keep it. I have a few large pieces of scraps so I’ll make this once more, then try another shape.

Pinterest has saved me buying RTW items as well as buying beauty treatments, I make my own now! I didn’t know there were so many  life hacks… as you can see, I’m hooked on the thing!

Montana

Backless Draped Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Do you remember this picture from Pinterest I showed you a while back? Well I’ve only gone and made the damn dress!

The instructions are very simple and easy to follow yet they create such an elegant dress, the measurements are for a taller girl than myself so I’d decrease them by 5cm all round next time.

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I decided to go with grey this time as I don’t own many grey dresses and it’s a slight change from black. It’s still a tone and I think a muted colour brings more elegance to a dress like this.

Sleeved Side

 

The way this hangs at the hem is unusual and asymmetric, which is my thing… why didn’t I make this sooner? Oh yeah, I only had Pinterest 4 months ago!

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look.

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look

I modelled this for J long before taking these photos, he said it hangs too low on the back, so low that he could almost see chocolate creek! This got me thinking “there most be other ways to wear this dress”, so I tried a few things.

It can be worn quite a few ways but I’ll show you one other way, (J was getting bored of taking photos).

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look... this mistake seems to be working out so far!

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look… this mistake seems to be working out so far!

I left the hem unfinished for now, mainly due to laziness and not wanting to mess the dress up. If I don’t hem this one I’ll hem the next one… I promise.

Sleeveless Front 2

Welcome to the gun show!

 

Looking at it from this angle makes me want to sew more two toned garments using the same fabric, I really like the affect.

Sleeveless Side

 

I like how the drape follows my body shape, I look all womanly and stuff! :D

 

Sleeveless Back

 

I have to mention this, it’s been bothering me as I’ve seen it in a few posts. My back is wonky as hell! What’s going on, is one shoulder blade bigger than the other? The hell?

Well it’s safe to say that I’ll be wearing this whenever I can and I’m making another one, adjusting the measurements as afore mentioned… in black.

Montana

Two Tone Ginger

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , on October 27, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t posted for a while but trust me when I say I have been sewing a lot, I have a few more garments to photograph. I really wanted to hurry and take pics of my Ginger skirt as I waited long enough, so sorry for the dark bathroom photos.

This pattern is for beginners and wow it’s simple to sew! I recommend this for anyone starting their sewing journey or wanting a break from the more complicated projects, it was quick and the instructions are easy to follow.

 

My first Ginger skirt!

My first Ginger skirt!

While I was cutting this out my sister came to visit so I got distracted, that’s why I cut the front wrong! I was going to scrap it but I thought that would be a big waste of time, money and fabric. I think it looks kooky in a subtle way.

I also thought I sewn this wrong as it has a slight dip in the centre front, so I wasn’t sure if I sewn the side seams together (I’ve done that before). I googled other sewists skirts and they looked the same

Close up on the pattern

Close up on the pattern

I opted for the pointed waistband (I don’t think you can see that here… sorry again), I want to make another pointed version as it looks cute and sophisticated, I like the stiffness of this skirt too.

Ginger Back

Oh this is my first woven garment I’ve sewn in a long time so this it’s been a while since I sewn a zip, I did it weirdly but it works and it looks decent! Yay!

Since I’ve worn it this week I had two orders! So that’s a bonus right there.

 

Montana

Toad dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have sewn another stretch dress, this time using Burda 7520. I’ve called this the Toad dress in honour of Toad from Super Mario, he’s the same colour and he’s cute like this dress! I’m glad I picked this up from the swap at Sew Brum as it was a very quick sew and it looks a lot better than I thought it would.

The fabric I used is also from the meet up, I didn’t know what I was going to make from it at the time but it was cute and I like polka dots.

It’s a shame that summer is over as I want to wear this, in fact, I was about to wear it today but J advised against as he didn’t want to draw attention (most of my clothes do, so I thought Id give him a break). If I was to wear this at this time of year, I’d just layer up… which reminds me! I’ve come across this Japanese style called Mori that involves layering brown and grey dresses with white doilies (scroll through Pinterest). It looks cute and easy to recreate, so that’s on my to-do list now!

Back on track! Here is photographic evidence of Toad.

Front

 

This is a very simple make with a simple shape, it’s the fabric that makes it stand out plus they match my converses!

Front 2

I could see my sister in this as this is her style, slightly figure hugging and cute. I’ll be making a more subtle one for myself when I get the fabric, I like to make more than one of each pattern as I’m getting good use from it and I get my moneys worth. If I drafted it then thats a bonus, it shows that my pattern works!

Side

You’re probably wondering about the large holes at the bottom here, I was too as I’m still not sure if I’ve seen them right. I left them as they are and did the magic below.

Top

 

Place your arms through them and it can worn as a top! I know the wrong side of the fabric is showing when worn like this but this is a demonstration, I didn’t think about wearing it like this. I’ll pay more attention to the fabric when I sew this again.

Montana

My First Sewing Meet Up: Sew Brum

Posted in Accessories, Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I attended the Sew Brum Meet Up on Saturday and I must say, I am soooo happy I went! Not only was it an excuse to really blow some money on fabric and other sewing treats, I met other people with the same interests as me, which is very refreshing.

It was great to meet people I have seen online, in some cases putting a face to a name, and meeting new sewists from afar. There were quite a few people from London, I heard one lady came as far as Liverpool to come along. It’s made me realise how lucky I am to be able to just catch a bus into town to have a quick look around and make something the same day.

Anywho! I’ll get on with the photos in order of how the day went, I didn’t take photos in the shops as I didn’t think to and I knew others there were taking them. Here’s Charlottes round up (she planned it all!), I do have photos of what I bought from from each shop and what I plan to do with them.

After gathering at New Street station… I say gathering, I stood out the way as the group got bigger and bigger. I’m too awkward to walk up to a group that massive!

From New Street we walked to the Birmingham markets to meet a few more people, then we were off to Barrys Fabrics where I bought 2 metres each of some cool fabric.

Sunglasses print  from Guthrie & Ghani Blue tartan and grey jersey from Barrys

Sunglasses print from Guthrie & Ghani
Blue tartan and grey jersey from Barrys

 

For the striking blue tartan I want to make a blazer, I was thinking cropped but now I want a longer version. I’m still looking for a pattern, I may draft one if I feel up to it! Now, for the fine jersey at the bottom of the photo I have this lovely pattern I’m going to draft soon. I found it on Pinterest and I had to make it.

Backless dress

Doesn’t this look glamorous? I keep looking a the diagram and doubting that I know how to actually make it up, but I do. I think I’m worried abut botching it up, my skills haven’t failed me so far!

The sunglasses print is 100% cotton bought from Guthrie & Ghani (more about that later), I’ll be making the Cambie dress pattern that I fiiinally bought after staring at it for years online. One of the girls mentioned that the fabric matched my glasses which is a cool bonus!

After Barrys we went to Fancy Silk, I had a look around but I restrained myself from buying from there although I did want to get some pleather to make a clutch bag. I crossed the road to look around the rag markets in and outside, I bought some t shirt jersey that I wasn’t sure of afterwards so I swapped it at the end of the day. I also bought 10 metres of 1″ elastic for £1, I plan to use that to make the t shirt dress.

Once everyone regrouped we walked (in circles! haha!!) to the 50 bus stop to go to Guthrie and Ghani. I was so excited about it as I’d meet Lauren, see the shop and there was a raffle… oh there was cake and tea too!

The Tea Bar

The Tea Bar

Sewing themed cupcakes

Sewing themed cupcakes

Lauren and her mom sorting out the cake and cookies

Lauren and her mom sorting out the cake and cookies

Sewists at G n G

Sewists

As you can see we all filled the room up stairs in the studio, chatting away and waiting for the raffle and the swap to commence. While we waited, some of us went downstairs to the shop, I got more fabric and bits for my mom too.

During the raffle I won the Amazing Fit trousers Simplicity 1696, I have been meaning to sew trousers again so this is motivation. Here’s a look at the patterns I got, most of which were swapped.

Pattern stash

What I bought: Sewaholic’s Cambie and Colette Patterns Ginger

What was Swapped: Burda 7520, which I ran home and cut out to sew the next day (view C). I tweeted a sneak peak but I’ll blog about it soon.

Simplicity 5916, Cynthia Rowley K2443, Cynthia Rowley 2497, McCall’s Easy M6084, Butterick B5313, New Look 6861… yup that’s a lot of patterns!

Last but not least my swapped fabric

Pom pom makers for my mom who loves to knit and the elastic from the market

Pom pom makers for my mom who loves to knit and the elastic from the market

The polka dot jersey is what I used to make view C on Burda 7520. I saw the mask printed cotton and had to have it, maybe another Cambie or a Ginger Skirt.

Thank you to everyone that swapped and adding to my collection, I think I’ll have enough to be busy until this time next year. That won’t stop me from buying more though, but I think I’m good for a few months.

Thanks for coming to Birmingham!!

Montana

Velvet Cowl Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

After the success of my cowl skirt I thought I’d give sewing a dress version a go, so that’s exactly what I did. I used the same pattern pieces I used for my skater dresses (my default patterns for stretch knit bodices) this time I drafted longer sleeves. I should have cut them and the bodice pieces slightly larger as the velvet look fabric didn’t have as much stretch in it than I’m used to so it’s a little tight.

I looks lovely on and I’m glad I was able to make it as I think cowl skirt dresses look elegant and I don’t see them in shops, which I think is a major bonus! I made this dress in black so it’s quite hard to pick up the details on the camera, I think you’ll be able to see some drape on the skirt.

This was a quick make once I sorted out the sleeve length, I originally wanted them very long so I could cut a point at the cuffs and attach a band to put my middle finger through. The fabric is restrictive so I left them as is.

Front Dress

 

I attached the skirt to the bodice but the latter was too short, this resorted in me looking 3 months pregnant. Luckily I have a scrap left over so I made a 3 1/2″ thick waistband to break it up which worked a treat!

Side Dress

If you look closely, you can see the lovely, glossy drape at the side there… do you see it? Good!

Back Dress

Here you can see the style lines clearer, the sleeves are well fitted and turned out great for my first attempt at long sleeves on a knit dress. I’ll do them more often, I only sewn them on bought patterns as I know how they should turn out.

Close Up

I took this to try figure out if it looked alright with the added band, J wasn’t in and I don’t have a full length mirror (on my shopping list). By the way I want to wear this on Halloween with a green checked, hooded cape I’m sewing. I don’t have plans but I every year I like to take note of what I’m wearing and make sure it’s suitably dark and spooky-like.

I’ve bought the fleece to line my cape so it’ll be good on colder days after Halloween, I hope I get a few wears from both this dress and cape!

Montana

P.S: CANNOT WAIT FOR SEW BRUM MEET-UP TOMORROW! Hello to everyone coming along :D

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